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Police link car thefts to group of juveniles

By Charles Ashby

Several Garfield County law enforcement agencies have arrested three local juveniles they suspect were tied to a gang-related auto theft ring that stretched from Denver to the Western Slope. Police said the juveniles are members of the Sureno ...

Civic leaders: Drilling means solid tax base

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — The oil and gas industry will pay $95 million in property taxes in Garfield County this year, county director of administrative services Lisa Dawson said in a presentation Thursday night. The county’s top 10 taxpayers are ...

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Man to stand trial in wife’s stabbing death

By Staff

A Paonia man suspected of killing his estranged wife in January has been found to be competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Friday. Nathan Yager, 39, is charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 7 stabbing death of his wife, Melinda ...

Officials: County should have say in trustee’s work

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Mesa County officials long have chafed at having a governor’s appointee operating separately from the rest of county government, as is the case with the public trustee. The Mesa County Commission, in fact, once asked Gov. Bill Ritter to ...

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Trials delayed for troopers in Kemp death

By Paul Shockley

District Judge Richard Gurley on Thursday agreed to defense requests to delay trials for two Colorado State Patrol troopers who are charged in the slaying of Redlands resident Jason Kemp. State Trooper Ivan “Gene” Lawyer, 47, and ...

Fewer will get federal help with heating bills

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A decline in federal funding means hundreds of Mesa County individuals and families who received help paying their heating bills last winter could be left out in the cold this winter. The federal government changed the income guidelines for ...

Urgent care on West End is in limbo

By William Woody

MONTROSE — To maintain urgent care after regular weekday hours and on weekends at the Basin Clinic on the West End of Montrose County, additional funding needs to be appropriated after voters there rejected a sales tax increase to keep ...

Caprock Academy’s enrollment leaps 36 percent

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Grand Junction charter school Caprock Academy ballooned from 470 students last year to 640 students this year. The tuition-free school, which enrolls students through a lottery system, went from offering two classes each in kindergarten ...

Palisade rare in its vote on dispensaries

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For several days leading up to Tuesday night’s election, Jesse and Desa Loughman tossed and turned. The anxiety and emotion that accompanied the fight to keep their medical marijuana center open coursed through them, leaving them unable ...

Snow forecast as pair of Pacific storms deliver 1-2 punch

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The Grand Valley will see another round of cool, wet weather this weekend and perhaps a chance of snow accumulation as a pair of Pacific storms moves into the area. A winter storm watch is in effect from this evening through Saturday ...

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